Applications from 1 Kings
1 KINGS 15:25-16:28
The remainder of chapter 15 and most of chapter 16 simply records the repeating pattern of wicked Kings in Israel.
These were all during Asa’s reign in Judah:
- Nadab reigned for 2 years (15:25-31)
- Ba-asha reigned for 24 years (15:32-16:7)
- Elah reigned for 2 years (16:8-14)
- Zimri reigned for 7 days (16:15-20)
- Tibni reigned (16:21)
- Omri reigned 12 years (16:22-28)
- Ahab reigns after Omri for the next 22 years (16:28-34)
Each of these kings is said to have done worse than the king before them in the eyes of the Lord. All going back to Jeroboam. As you may remember, Jeroboam didn’t do anything “too” bad, but each generation behind him embraced false religion and moved a step further away from God. Before we get to Ahab, Israel is left with it’s very own civil war and the nation is in a state of chaos. All of this seemingly stemming from Jeroboam’s introduction of a little bit a sin.
How did things get SO BAD? One author calls what we read here, “The progressive momentum of evil.” How true this is. We observe this with: drugs, alcohol, sex, gluttony, poor money management, and any other habit that exploits the user.
But often it is overlooked in the most simple area: our relationship with God. How did things ever get so bad? “Even the smallest departure from God inevitably intensifies into gigantic proportions unless God intervenes with forgiveness and renewal.”
Jeroboam’s sin was minor: he set up images of Yahweh (God) to help the people visualize His power. 50 years later there was intentional idolatry.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.